Thursday, 19 January 2017

The Unexpected will Happen, by Wendy H. Jones

Today, due to circumstances beyond anyone's control, I found my self unexpectedly writing a blog post. Having not thought about this in advance I spent some time wondering what to write about. I had a busy day planned and writing a blog wasn't part of that plan. However, it has turned out to be a blessing in disguise. It has given me an opportunity to think abut how I react when the unexpected happens and throws my best laid plans into chaos.

The picture of the duck is intentional, mainly because it's a bonnie wee duck. Who can fail to be happy when faced with a yellow ball of fluff. However, it also serves as a metaphor for the various ways in which we act when the unexpected happens.

Usually the first reaction when something strays into the path of our ordered day is to panic. This can have its place but doesn't really help solve the immediate problem. Chaos ensues and nothing gets done. Except eating chocolate of course. That always gets done.

Then there's the opposite approach. Do nothing. Stay serene and sail smoothly along like our duck. Just ignore the fact that there is an extra task to be done. Again this may make us feel better in the short term but doesn't help in any way shape or form in the medium or long term. That task still needs to be done, or we can reap the consequences of ignoring it.

So what is the best plan of action. I find that it's best to act just like the bonnie wee duck. Stay calm but paddle like a viking warrior at the oars of a longship. Pray, prioritise and persevere. Put one finger in front of the other on the keyboard and before you know it all tasks will be completed.

So that's what I did and here we have the blog to prove it. My advise to you when you feel overwhelmed is to take one thing at a time. The tsunami will be diverted and you'll still be alive to tell the tale. You will also have completed one more unexpected task.

About the Author


 Wendy H. Jones is the author of the best selling DI Shona McKenzie Mystery series of crime novels set in Dundee. Killer's Crew, the fifth booking the series was released in November, 2016. Dagger's Curse, the first book in her Fergus and Flora, Young Adult Mystery series was released on 10th September, 2016.  She also has one non fiction book, Power Packed Book Marketing: Sell More Books.


  1. Good advice, Wendy - don't think it'll make me look as cute as that duckling, though!

    1. I think the duckling other steals the show. That's what I was hoping anyway :-)

  2. Great advice, Wendy! I love this mantra: "Pray, prioritise and persevere." Good advice for life as well as writing. :)